Hi everyone, my name is Brian Scott. I will try to make my story as short and to the point as possible. I want to start off by making it clear that the following is not meant for pity in any way, and is only being stated for reasons as to why I aspire to finally get into colleg so bad. My mother passed away almost 3 years ago and her dream was always to see her children get a formal education and find a job they love. I had many chances to get into school and had all the financial support I needed via my mother. Unfortunately I declined her offers in favor of the wrong path and decided to make bad choices that resulted in me having absolutely nothing to be proud of. Not long after she passed away and those options vanished. It took some time for me to get on my feet independently considering my mother was all the financial support I had. 3 years later i'm working an average job any other person in their low-20s would be working, but with nothing but a high school diploma to my name. I believe I have cleaned myself up spirtually and as a person in general, spending hours at a time researching various topics on the web and slowly finding myself gaining a strong affinity for academia in general; and after long contemplation I have decided its finally time for me to make mothers dream come true. My FAFSA has been sent out, and I am currently awaiting responses concerning the amount of funds i qualify for from various schools here in Arizona. After much contemplation and research I've decided I would like to work in the field of Computer Science, specifically Computer Architecture and Design Engineering. This type of computer science is very hardware-intensive and requires most of the latest technology concerning the computing industry, and I'm very worried my almost-5 year year old HP laptop will be capable of even handling a fraction of that. I'm setting this goal for $1,500 as I believe I will be able to purchase the Microsoft Office essentials with my own funds. I'd love to have a qualifying PC by the start of Fall semester 2018, although I do believe I will be fine for the first few months of my college course without it. Thank you to anyone who read this, and even more thanks for helping me have a chance at making my dream come true and making my mother proud. God bless.